SIDE OF THE SEINE: LEFT BANK
Oh, the 6th. For my fellow book-lovers and writers, this arrondissement has been featured in books by such greats as Fitzgerald and Hemingway. Over the years, it has been a haven for artists and intellectuals alike. Rove the boulevards, explore its captivating side streets, seek refuge in a literary cafe, enjoy a show at a jazz club, or spend an entire afternoon perusing the bookstores.
Fashion has also found a home in the 6th with stores such as Valentino, Ralph Lauren, & Louis Vuitton. It comes as no surprise that real estate prices here in the 6th are egregious, but then again... it is the 6th.
The two most famous rival cafes, Café de Flore and Café Deux Magots are located here. Along the main street, St-Germain-des-Prés, lies a multitude of shops and restaurants. It is always bustling and full of life. I enjoy letting afternoon slip into evening on this boulevard as I shop the stores and chocolate shops along St-Germain-des-Prés and the passages that veer off of it. Additionally, there are a number of movie theaters on this street, and I look forward to stopping in for a French film every so often.
SHOULD I STAY HERE?
Highly sought after by returning travelers, this arrondissement is a wonderful area to book accommodation in while visiting Paris. It is ideal, as it is centrally located and provides you with a multitude of shops, cafes, restaurants, and sights to choose from. You should be able to find both reasonably-priced and higher-priced accommodation options to fit your budget and preferences.
- St-Germain-des-Prés: I won't bore you with repeating what I wrote above, but St-Germain-des-Prés is one of my favorite boulevards in all of Paris. I doubt you'll grow bored with the energy and life that teems up and down this street.
- Jardin du Luxembourg: Amble along the paths between marble sculptures and fountains, recline on a bench beside the pond, stroll through the orchards, or take in a show at the pavilion of one of the most popular and spectacular parks in all of Paris, the Jardin du Luxembourg,
- Ecole Nationale de Beaux-Arts: Paris' National School of Fine Arts stands as the largest art school in all of France and periodically offers exhibits to the public throughout the year.